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Cardiac Ablation Program

Ablation at Houston Physicians’ Hospital

The Heart and Vascular Center Of Excellence at Houston Physicians’ Hospital offers an extensive range of surgical and diagnostic specialties, including ablation, at our state-of-the-art facilities in Webster, Texas. Cardiac ablation is a surgical procedure that treats and possibly cures abnormal heart rhythms using advanced 3-D computerized mapping technology and X-ray imaging. Our surgeons use ablation to alter tissue using imaging techniques for insertion and surgical guidance. Our facilities offer ablation for the following procedures:

  • Pulmonary vein or atrial fibrillation (A-fib) ablation
  • Atrioventricular node ablation
  • Supraventricular (SVT) ablation
  • Electrophysiology (EP) studies

If you are experiencing any of the following conditions, ablation might be an effective treatment option. Our cardiac and surgical staff can provide additional diagnostic and therapy recommendations if you have any of the following:

  • Ongoing A-fib (nonresponsive to pharmaceutical treatment)
  • Intolerance for antiarrhythmic drugs (or prior complications from medication)
  • Short-term episodes of paroxysmal A-fib (nonpersistent condition)
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
  • SVT tachycardia
  • Anemia or excessive blood loss (heavy menstruation)
  • Tumors (lung, breast, thyroid, liver)

Ablation Explained

Ablation showing rhythmia in the left atrium
Ablation procedure to treat arrhythmia in the left atrium.
Ablation procedure to treat rhythmia in the left atrium.
Ablation procedure to treat arrhythmia in the left atrium.

Ablation involves the transmission of energy to correct a precise area of tissue related to abnormal heartbeats or other conditions. The energy used during ablation can be radiofrequency (radio waves similar to microwave energy), or ultrasound waves. The process of ablation involves the insertion of a catheter through the skin. By precision targeting, effective and minimally invasive treatment is performed using the appropriate energy mode for each condition. Patients receiving ablation often experience an increase in quality of life immediately following the procedure. Cardiac–related concerns are serious conditions that can lead to questions regarding appropriate treatment choices. Our highly trained specialists are ready to provide a thorough and expert analysis of your condition and its effective treatment. If you have general or undiagnosed concerns, the Heart and Vascular Center Of Excellence offers on-site cardiac diagnostic services using the latest ablation techniques in order to establish the condition of your heart and its rhythm through EP studies.

Recovery and Consultation

Our goal is to restore you to full health and quality of life as quickly as possible. Our award-winning facilities and highly trained medical professionals provide same-day discharge for our outpatient ablation procedures. We want you to regain your active lifestyle as soon as possible, and we recommend ablation as an effective surgical treatment that does not require an in-patient hospital stay. The Heart and Vascular Center Of Excellence at Houston Physicians’ Hospital is here to provide you with the expert peace of mind you need. Our doctors are ready to answer your questions and provide you with the latest alternatives in medical technology and treatment. Reach out today to meet with our staff for a consultation regarding your cardiac or surgical concerns.